Minorities Of The United States Healthcare System

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Introduction:
The Demographics of the United States are rapidly changing, with recent years showing a surge in various minority populations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2001, the White population grew by only 9% while the African American population increased by 28%, the Native American population by 55%, the Hispanic population by 122%, and the Asian population by an astounding 190%. While this seemingly benevolent trend of minority growth appears innocuous to the realm of healthcare, further inspection suggests otherwise. In general, research gathered over the last half century suggests that minorities receive worse quality of care in the United States healthcare system when compared to their Caucasian counterparts. For example, studies have found that Asians received worse care than whites for about 20% of core measures, African American for about 40% of core measures, and Hispanics for about 60% of core measures (National Healthcare Quality and Disparity Report, 2010). Furthermore, similar studies have found that poor people received worse care than high income individuals for about 80% of core measures (Weir, K., 2013). Taking these conspicuous disparities into account, necessary action must be taken in order to prevent future widespread inequalities related to the field of health care.
The purpose of this paper is to address some logical reasons as to why the United States healthcare system has grown to be biased. In addition, some possible solutions will…
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